IL Gov. Weighing “Litter Fees” Calls Needed Now!

The Illinois legislature has passed dangerous dog legislation that also requires counties to impose...

The Illinois legislature has passed dangerous dog legislation that also requires counties to impose animal registration and litter registration fees. The bill, HB184, was presented to Governor Rod Blagojevich for signature on June 25th.

Although the AKC strongly supports dangerous dog legislation and language in HB184 that would prohibit breed-specific laws, we do not believe that counties should be required to impose animal registration and litter registration fees. AKC opposes the concept of breeding permits or litter permits. Instead, we support reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of dogs and do not restrict the rights of conscientious breeders and owners who take their responsibilities very seriously.

Permit fees place undue burden on responsible breeders and owners and fail to address the irresponsible individuals who do not comply with existing laws and will not comply with new regulations. Such fees therefore punish responsible breeders who give the care and attention that puppies need in order to grow into healthy, well-adjusted companions and neighbors. The key to resolving the issue of unwanted pets is to educate the public about responsible breeding practices.

AKC and the Illinois Dog Clubs and Breeders Association (IDCBA) are therefore asking Governor Blagojevich to veto HB184. Time is of the essence, and we encourage Illinois fanciers to immediately voice their concerns:

Governor Rod Blagojevich
Phone: 217-782-6830
Fax: 217-524-4049
E-Mail: governor@state.il.us

For more information on HB184, contact AKC's Canine Legislation department (doglaw@akc.org) or visit the Illinois Dog Clubs and Breeders Association's Web site at www.idcba.org.